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Mstp plc facilitator s training

MSTP PLC Facilitator’s Training

Linda Harvieux

Cristy Bloch

Fortune cookie warm up

Fortune Cookie Warm-Up

  • How does your fortune relate to your experience working in a team?

    • Professional learning community

    • Grade-level or content-area team

    • Leadership team



  • Introductions and structure

  • “Evolution of the Professional Learning Community”

    • Technical vs Cultural Change

    • First and Second Order Change

  • The Role of the PLC Leader and The Four PLC Questions

  • Structure of the PLC

    • Agendas

    • Learning Logs

    • Weekly plan

Professional learning communities

Professional Learning Communities

  • PLC’s operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous, job-embedded learning for educators.

    DuFour, et. al, 2006

What s different about a plc

What’s Different About a PLC?

  • Read, “Evolution of the Professional Learning Community.”

  • Discuss the article using the “talking chips” strategy

  • In small groups list differences between a PLC and a “traditional team meeting”.

  • List on chart tablets



  • Using the set of road signs on your table, reflect on the roadblocks you have experienced in the past.

  • “What barriers have you experienced in implementing your PLC?”

  • Brainstorm solutions.



Teams bring together complementary skills and experience that exceed those of any individual on the team.

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Teams are more effective with problem solving.

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Teams provide a social dimension that enhances work.

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  • Teams motivate and foster peer pressure and internal accountability.

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Teams have more fun!

-Wisdom of Teams, Katzenbach and Smith



  • How will your team schedule your 4 – 1 hour meetings?

    • Ideas, suggestions, support from leadership

The four questions

The Four Questions

  • What is it we expect the students to learn?

  • How will we know when they have learned it?

  • How will we respond when they don’t learn?

  • How will we respond when they already know it?

    -DuFour, DuFour, Eaker 2008

Six characteristics

Six Characteristics

  • Shared Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals

  • Collective Inquiry

  • Collaborative Culture

  • Action Orientation and Experimentation

  • Continuous Improvement

  • Focus on Results

Technical change first order

Technical Change (First Order)

  • Developing Team

    • Full participation

    • Rotating jobs

    • Collecting and sharing data

Cultural change second order

Cultural Change (Second Order)

  • The Believers

  • The Tweeners

  • The Survivors

  • The Fundamentalists

The principal leader s role

The Principal/Leader’s Role

  • Initiate structures and systems

  • Pose the right questions

  • Model what is valued

  • Celebrate progress

  • Lead for change

In order to influence change

In order to influence change…

Change in values, beliefs, practice

  • Change in student achievement

    *In reality….

  • Change in practice

  • Change in student achievement

  • Change in beliefs

    • Thomas Guskey

Group process facilitator

One who contributes structure and process to interactions so groups are able to function effectively. A helper and enabler whose goal is to support others as they achieve exceptional performance.

Group Process Facilitation

A way of providing leadership without taking the reins. A facilitator’s job is to get others to assume responsibility, to take the lead, and engage in meaningful collaboration.

-Facilitation At A Glance

Group Process Facilitator

Group process facilitators

Group Process Facilitators:

  • Do not have all the answers, are not content experts

  • Stay neutral, if you must move out of facilitator role and into role as participating member of group identify that move.

  • Are responsible for room set up that supports effective teams

  • Listen; demonstrate that you are by using verbal and non verbal cues.

  • Paraphrase or clarify for the benefit of all members of the group.

  • Watch the time (or appoint a timekeeper)

  • Play “ping pong” redirect questions by sending to others rather than answering yourself

  • Use humor – appropriate humor!

  • Call and identify sidetracks

  • Encourage all group members to acknowledge dysfunctional behaviors as they occur!

  • Park it sheets – record all sidetrack items

  • Use the imaginary spell check button – spell creatively

    Facilitators At A Glance

Processes for groups

Processes for Groups

Everyone participate: Round Robin, Talking Chips

Set the stage

Focus Attention: How do you feel about being here today?

Check in: Something positive that happened in your professional life since the last meeting?

Check the group to see where it’s at: Round Robin

Check for agreement: Thumbs Up, Fist to Five

Get unstuck:

Look for commonalities, agreement

Identify polar points – What would it take for this to work for you?

Take a break – get up and stretch

Move on and come back to issue

Check to see if it can hold until the next meeting. Perhaps the group needs more information.

A team is people doing something together

A team is people doing something together.

  • The something that a team does isn’t what makes it a team. . .

    the together part is.

Facilitator role process

Facilitator Role Process

The Job of a Facilitator is…

The Job of a Team Member is…

The Job of a Facilitator is not…

The Job of a Team Member is not…

Developing norms

Developing Norms

  • What are norms and why are they important?

  • Who should set the norms?

  • How should we enforce our norms?



  • Non-Negotiables

    • Define essential learnings and use common assessments

    • Everyone participates and works toward the common goal – achievement for all students

    • Teams make individual norms and honor their team norms

      -adapted from DuFour, et. al.

Team agenda and log

Team Agenda and Log

  • Guides the meeting

    • Norms

    • Topics

    • Questions

    • Reflections

  • Provides information for next meetings

    • For next time…

Meeting reflections the log

Meeting Reflections/The Log

  • What was the focus of our discussion?

  • What did we learn about teaching our content?

  • What did we learn about our students?

Action plan

Action Plan

  • Norms

  • Meeting time

  • Agenda

  • Jobs

  • Others

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  • Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it’s the only thing.

    Albert Schweitzer

Contact information

Contact Information

  • Linda Harvieux


  • 612-638-1548

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